leadership & staff

Good Mews is governed by a board of directors and operated on a daily basis by staff and volunteers made up of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals across many areas of expertise. They contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to further the mission of the organization.

meet our board of directors

president

president

LORI TRAHAN

Associate Director of the Department of Career Planning and Development
Kennesaw State University
Good Mews Associate Since: 2000
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Lori joined the Board in 2003. She was elected Secretary in 2004 and President in 2016. Lori has been an adoption counselor since she began volunteering with Good Mews in 2000 and is the former co-chair of the committee. She currently co-chairs the Disaster Recovery committee. Lori has assisted as a medical volunteer and served as a foster home when needed. She sends acknowledgements for memorial and honorarium donations made through the website, serves as one of the administrators for the shelter Facebook pages, and participates in fundraising events as her schedule permits. She co-chaired the Live/Silent Auction fundraiser in 2007-2008 and 2010, as well as the inaugural Herding Cats 5K in 2016. In addition to Good Mews, Lori also volunteers with Red Rover as a Disaster Responder. Further, Lori is one of 25 instructors for the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Coaching Intensive Program. She holds a BS/BA and a Master of Arts from Northwestern State University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from The University of Georgia. Lori resides in Dallas.

vice president

vice president

ELIZABETH FINCH

Owner/Operator, Happy Kitty Feline Care
Good Mews Associate Since: 2015
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Elizabeth began volunteering with Good Mews as an adoption counselor in 2015 and shortly thereafter joined the Medical Committee. She currently chairs the Marketing Committee and is the producer of the Good Mews “mewvie trailer” videos as well as other A/V projects. Elizabeth also obtained and manages the Google AdGrants program for Good Mews and is an administrator for Good Mews social media presence. She joined the Board in 2016 and led the initiative for Good Mews’ most recent website redesign. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Psychology from LaGrange College. She has an extensive career background in Human Resources and Real Estate, and is currently the Owner/Operator of Happy Kitty Feline Care. Elizabeth resides in Marietta with her husband, Jay and their three furkids.

secretary

secretary

SARAH POLAND

Director of Marketing & Community Events, Heritage Sandy Springs
Good Mews Associate Since: 2009
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Sarah started with Good Mews on the Clean & Feed Committee in 2009 before becoming a medical volunteer, a position she still maintains. She currently serves as the Communications Committee Chair and is the editor of “Purrs & Prattlings”, Good Mews’ quarterly newsletter, in addition to “Mews News”, the organization’s monthly e-newsletter. She is also a member of the Marketing Committee where she contributes to graphic design projects and promotional events. Sarah co-chaired the Live/Silent Auction fundraiser in 2011-2012 and 2014-2016. She’s been active in a variety of other fundraising events for the shelter and serves as an administrator for the Good Mews Facebook page. Sarah was elected as Board Secretary in 2016 and is responsible for maintaining the official records of Board meetings, compiling agendas, and recording votes and minutes. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan and has completed coursework towards a Clinical Counseling degree at Illinois State University. Sarah lives in Marietta.

treasurer

treasurer

ROBBIN YEAGER

Good Mews Associate Since: 1999
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Robbin has been on the Board and served as Treasurer since 2002. She was a Clean & Feed volunteer for four years and is on the Relocation Committee and Disaster Recovery Committee. Robbin has worked in the accounting profession for over 30 years. She maintains the Good Mews accounting system, prepares financial reports for the Board, coordinates the preparation of the annual budget, coordinates the annual audits and tax filings, and is responsible for maintaining cash flow. She served as acting Shelter Manager for three years during the down economy, and she implemented many new medical and cleaning protocols for the health of the residents. Robbin is also active in fundraising. She serves as Co-Chair of the Building Committee, which is currently overseeing the completion of the facility’s surgical suite. Robbin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and lives with her significant other, Fred, in Acworth.

member

member

MICHELLE KIRKHAM

Senior Analyst, SITA
Good Mews Associate Since: 2006
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Michelle began volunteering at Good Mews in 2006. She started with steam cleaning cat trees and enjoyed being at the shelter so much that she moved on to working with other committees such as clean and feed, kitty buddy and adoptions. In 2009 she took over the role as Adoption Committee Co-Chair. In addition to that role, she also assists with the website (particularly the CATalog of available cats), participates in a variety of fundraising events, and serves as an administrator on the Good Mews Facebook page. She joined the board in 2009. Michelle is a senior analyst at SITA, which is a multinational information technology company providing IT and telecommunication services to the air transport industry. She lives in Marietta with her feline kids.

member

member

JENNIFER MARTIN

Senior Manager, Interactive Customer Support
Verizon Wireless
Good Mews Associate since 2017
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Jennifer was born and raised in New York in a family of animal lovers. She moved to Atlanta in 2001 while working for a Big 4 consulting company. Jennifer has 20 years experience in the Telecom industry in a variety of roles from audit to system implementation. As a Senior Manager in Customer Service Operations at Verizon Wireless she is focused on interactive customer support. She recently received an award for Customer Service Leadership from a Vice President for her role in implementation and ongoing management of an enterprise wide application that brings significant cost savings to the company.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and management information systems. She is also a Certified Usability Analyst through Human Factors International.

Jennifer joined the Good Mews Board of Directors in 2017. She currently lives in Roswell with her husband and 5 rescue cats – two of which were adopted from Good Mews.

member

member

CYNTHIA WRIGHT

DexYP
Good Mews Associate since 2008
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Cynthia joined Good Mews as a clean and feed volunteer in 2008 and continues her clean and feed role as shift leader for her team. She also served as the Chairman of the Clean and Feed Committee for two years. In addition, she has been a member of the shelter’s Disaster Committee since 2012. Cynthia joined the Good Mews Board of Directors in 2017. Her professional background is in Human Resources and Total Rewards. She serves on the Board and Steering Committee of two local Benefit Groups. She is a native New Yorker who currently resides with her husband, Doug, and family in Marietta, GA.

member

member

LINDA YU

Attorney
Good Mews Associate since 2017
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Linda’s relationship with Good Mews began in 2011 when she adopted two cats from the shelter to add to her existing feline family. Since then, she has donated to various fundraisers, assisted with Clean & Feed, and is a registered volunteer with Good Mews. Linda also serves as a volunteer with Emerge Scholarships, as well as with the foundations at her children’s schools in the East Cobb area. Linda obtained her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from Syracuse University. She is a practicing attorney licensed in Georgia and New York. Linda lives in Marietta with her husband, two children and three cats.

meet our staff

shelter manager

shelter manager

BRANDON CASTNER

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Brandon is a Pennsylvania native who has lived and worked in numerous states and countries. He has a wide array of experience in the field of animal welfare and rescue. He hold a degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Zoology with a focus on Wildlife Management. Brandon has spent most of the last seven years of his career solely focused on animal rescue, including that of brown bears, cats, dogs, and every small mammal in between. Most recently, he spent time in the Republic of Kosovo creating the Castner Animal Aid Foundation, which is aimed at helping Kosovo’s animals, people, and environment.

feline care technician

feline care technician

KENDRA LEDLOW

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Kendra is a native of metro Atlanta and a 2009 graduate from The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology. She started her animal welfare career in college as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician for the life sciences department working with rodents, primates, and various aquatic animals. After graduation, she worked as Lead Veterinary Assistant at Banfield Pet Hospital in Buckhead until 2014. Here she learned the foundation of preventive care in dogs, cats, and other small mammals. Eventually, she wanted to broaden her technical skills and veterinary knowledge, so she began working at Cobb and Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinics as a Veterinary Assistant, where she was later promoted to Floor Supervisor in 2015. In 2016, Kendra began volunteering at Good Mews Animal Foundation as a member of the meds committee, administering medications to the shelter residents. She loves this organization and was thrilled to begin a new path in shelter medicine by joining the Good Mews team in July 2017.

committee heads

adoptions

Michelle Kirkham and Jean Hess

clean & feed

Anne Farmer

communications

Sarah Poland

community outreach

Lisa Bass

disaster recovery

Lori Trahan and Robbin Yeager

finance

Robbin Yeager

grants

Sandy Napoleon-Hudson

kitty buddy

Dawn Von Cramon

marketing

Elizabeth Finch

medical

Linda Freeman

special events

Ruth Turner

volunteer

Stella Blenner

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